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February 2017 Workcamp: Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group

Hosted by: Centre for International Voluntary Service (CIVS Community Service)


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Jasper Malome
254-020-780909, 254-020-786658

About February 2017 Workcamp: Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group


Project Name: Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group
Project Location: Mumias, Kholera Location, Kakamega County of Kenya
Orientation date: 04th February 2017 from 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 05th February - 24th February 2017
Safari dates: 01st February - 03rd February 2017
Theme: Sustainable development
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20

Tumaini Nutritious Self Help Group seeks to provide room for better health education for the local community with the goal of enhancing the health of society through nutrition and environmental conservation. They do this through production of organic family food in order to reduce malnutrition cases among children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the production of the organic food, the group members are able to improve their farming techniques, which in turn promotes the income generating activities of the community at large thus boosting food security and discouraging deforestation. The group members are also engaged in environmental conservation, as they plant trees and use the organic manure in farming.

Workcamp activities:
- Farm work which includes horticultural farming, weeding, planting in tree nurseries, clearing of bushes and digging
- Making of bricks which will be used to construct the storage room for farm products
- Making organic manure and biochar which is porous charcoal used in agriculture to help the soil retain its nutrients and water
- Participation in exchange programs in schools: teaching of how to make products from compost manure
- Kiswahili lessons and debate lessons in local schools

All volunteers taking part in this project will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. CIVS will arrange accommodation before and after the workcamp in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

During the workcamp you are accomodated at the project and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. Volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food. The volunteers can visit Kisumu city and have the opportunity to see Lake Victoria, Masai market, Kisumu Museum. The volunteers will also have the possibility to visit Kakamega rainforest, which is about one hour drive from Kisumu.

Volunteers are required to carry the following items for the workcamp: mosquito net, torch/flashlight, toiletries, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, sandals and sunscreen. In addition to those, volunteers can also carry the following items for interaction purposes: pictures of your country, old clothes that are no longer in use, toys, books, pens, etc.

CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Masai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park, entry, accommodation and tour guiding.
Safari dates: 01st – 03rd of February 2017
Charges: 3-day Safari to Masai Mara National Reserve, 330 Euro

Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:
- Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the workcamp
- Up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
- Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the workcamp
- Workcamp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the workcamp site
- Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Workcamp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced workcamp leader
- Certificate of participation for the volunteer
- All administrative costs

Application Process

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Telephone: 254-020-780909, 254-020-786658



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